Marc at Black Rock City Hardware swears by this kind of bike wax for dusty, dirty conditions. (Note: it should only be used on a chain that's clean to begin with). The same company makes several kinds; but the "Clean Ride" is the one Burners should apparently use.http://www.amazon.com/White-Lightning-O ... B0016ZXE06
Oo, I've heard about that stuff (forgot the name though). I'll stick that in my Amazon wishlist.
Other shit to remember:
- Multiple headlights. Yeah, you'll have your main trusty one, but it's nice to have them just hanging around in case you really need them. I also carry a flash light.
- A Nalgene booze bottle. Cups are nice, screw-lid Nalgenes are even nicer.
- Pump-spray bottles (like these
) for washing dishes.
- Cast iron skillets (naturally non-sticking if seasoned).
- Insulated cooler. Not just a cooler, but an INSULATED one so you don't eat through ice like we did. Bring some bricks or wood to elevate it off the playa (I am now a believer of this after much naysaying).
- Canned air to dust out your goggles and camera and stuff
- Carribeaners to hold shit down in your bag.
- GOOD camping chairs. Those shitty collapsible ones with the drink holder SUCK and hurt your back. Don't you dare fall asleep in one lest you be so sore you can't even get up. Get a folding one at least.
- GOOD duct tape. Do not buy some shitty "National Brand" bullshit duct tape. Buy the high quality 3M/Scotch duct tape. Every time that cheap ass shit rips down the middle you'll be cursing that brand's name.
- A box with a lid to just "toss" shit into so you don't forget it. I had one near my tent and anytime I needed some place to just toss things like used batteries, headlights, spoons, etc. it was there. It may get messy but at least you know where shit is.
- If you're arriving at the start of the week before the streets are really defined, get some more lights to demark your territory, at the very least so people don't think the gap in the middle of your block is a road. Yellow tape may blow away, etc.
- Nail clippers (not just toe-nail clippers): you'll have hang nails galore.
- A multi-tool. Sometimes you need to twist wires, etc.
- Mechanic's wire. Cheap, strong, nice spool of wire.
- A ball of twine. Twine is cheap and versatile. We used it to keep our tarps from getting ripped due to wind.
- Work gloves (as mentioned before), and warmth-gloves while riding at night.
- Extra jacket, leg warmers for those 5 AM nights.
- Not supplies: designating a "call" sound (we used "caw caw!") so that you can alert others in your group that they need to slow down (like when my shoe laces got caught in the pedals).
- Bring or buy ANYTHING that you think might make your existence there more comfortable. That means extra juice drinks, extra tables, coolers, snacks, hardware, pillows, etc. If you have to you can give it away, but it sucks when you sit there thinking "well shit, I should've brought more of <that>."
- Bring more gum than you think you'd normally use. Get one of those Costco packs or one of those little gum jars. Get good chewy gum, not that shit that liquifies in your mouth. I literally spat some of that liquifying gum out and it was like I sneezed in the garbage. Mints are nice too.